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Apte,Bhalla clinch it for E Merck

E Merck lifted the Times Shield ‘E’Division Championship on Saturday,as they beat MTNL by 21 runs in the 45-overs final at the Karnataka ground,Cross Maidan.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: February 1, 2009 2:04 am

The duo rescued their team’s innings with a 169-run partnership

E Merck lifted the Times Shield ‘E’Division Championship on Saturday,as they beat MTNL by 21 runs in the 45-overs final at the Karnataka ground,Cross Maidan. Meanwhile,a superb all round show by Prashant Mestry,who scored 76 and returned figures of 4-9,helped Ajanta Pharma to ease past IMD by 123 runs to enter the third round of the ‘F’Division Times Shield Cricket Tournament at the Azad Maidan.

Batting first,E Merck did well to reach 240 for 9 in their stipulated overs. After finding themselves at 32-3 at one stage,Merck rallied back with the efforts of fourth-wicket pair Mandar Apten and Rohit Bhalla,who added a valuable 162 runs in 169 balls.

Apte was unlucky to miss his century by a mere two runs,and struck nine fours during his 109-ball innings,while Bhalla hit seven fours in his 81. Leg spinner S Balasubramaniam was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4 for 42.

In reply MTNL could manage to score only 219 in 43.4 overs,with opener Nandkumar Saraf also falling for an unfortunate 98,which was studded with three sixes and eight fours off 101 balls. Mandar Apte took three for 46 while Rohit Bhalla,Vaibhav Sawant,and Atul Kambli captured two wickets each.

A century by Shakeel Shaikh enabled Income-Tax ‘B’ to beat Times Of India by six wickets to enter the next round.

Brief scores

‘E’Division (final): E Merck 240 for 9 in 45 overs (Mandar Apte 98,Rohit Bhalla 81; S Balasubramanian 4-42,Santosh Yadav 2-83,Mahesh Kulkarni 2-44) bt MTNL 219 in 43.4 overs (Nandkumar Saraf 98,Santosh Yadav 27; Mandar Apte 3-46,Rohit Bhalla 2-44,Vaibhav Sawant 2-33,A Kamble 2-38) by 21 runs.

‘F’Division (third round): GIC 107 (Chetan Shukla 38; V Mandar 3-24) lost to WNS 108 for 1 (Nilesh Saravade 50,A Joshi 38).

MID-DAY 256 for 9 (P Parab 46,S Sawant 32,Sandsh Tambe 54; V Kanjia 3-39) lost to Sun Pharma 257 for 7 (Nikhil Kanchan 76,Paresh Shah 70 n.o.).

Naval Dockyard 256 for 6 (Mahendra Matkar 91,Rakesh Thakur 95 n.o.) bt First Source 155 (S Salian 48; Devidas Koli 5-43).

Ajanta Pharma 256 (Prashant Mestry 76,Sagar Lotankar 50; H Rajapurkar 3-54) bt IMD 133 (Prashant Mestry 4-9,J Koli 3-17).

Govt. Central Press 281 for 4 (Raju Chavan 119,Y Deokar 32,Nitin Satghare 68,K Kamble 30) bt Thomas Cook 213 (A Nagotkar 68,G Bjanushali 40; Vijay Chavan 3-25,N.Satghare 3-27).

Syntal 161 (Anil Solamki 3-21,Sanjay Patil 3-25) lost to J J Group of Hospitals 162 for 5 (Anil Solanki 56,S Ravi 34; S Nitin 3-26) . Materials Organisation 184 (I Shah 30,AParab 42,P Mane 37; Azim Dandekar 6-52) bt Kokan Bank 115 (V Joshi 4-26).

Canara Bank 140 (K Jadhav 30; Pramod Jadhav 4-25) lost to LIC 141 for 5 (Samarjit Rajeshinde 78 n.o.).

Times of India 237 (Paritosh Mohite 57,Anil Kushwaha 44,Burzin Mehta 51,Kamlesh Surve 32; Mahesh Maniyar 3-18) lost to Income Tax ‘B’240 for 4 (Shakeel Shaikh 103,Uday Gawad 51; Manoj Singh 3-60).

India Govt. Mint 256 (Suresh Shinde 51,N Gurav 33,K Vaity 38; Vipin Nambiyar 4-48,Makarand Patil 3-55) bt Indian Express Group 92 (Suresh Shinde 4-27,Rupesh Chavan 3-20).

Krushi Udyog 281 for 8 ((Abhimanyu Hedavkar 98,Raju Ambhire 56,H Khan 30) bt Herdillia 274 for 9 (N Mestry 41,Kiran Sakpal 80 n.o.; Nandu Donwalkar 4-45).

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